EURO 2020 Group E Preview: Poland, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden

Posted By Uttiyo Sarkar on June 5, 2021

Former European champions Spain have been placed in a relatively tricky group with a couple of unpredictable sides in Group E of the Euro 2020. The Spanish side are deemed as one of the favorites to win the competition – but have to play their best soccer tow in their group.

Poland & Sweden are both packed with some experienced, quality talents well-accustomed to thrive in top European competitions. Slovakia might not be as highly-regarded, but they caused a lot of upsets in 2016. The games might not be the most high-scoring ones in this group, but they definitely should be very tightly contested because of the competitive nature of everyone involved in it.

Euro 2020 Poland Preview

Led by the ‘best striker in the world’ Robert Lewandowski, Poland are a side every opposition should tread carefully. Even apart from the brilliant Lewandowski, they have a strong squad with quality players from Europe’s top leagues ready to make their mark.

After progressing into the quarter-finals last season, Poland aims to replicate that or do one better & will hope that Lewandowski taps into his best form to take them far forward.

ODDS TO WIN GROUP / FINISH TOP 2

Poland odds to win group +700 | Odds to finish top 2 +102

EURO 2020 ROSTER

Goalkeepers: Łukasz Fabiański (West Ham), Łukasz Skorupski (Bologna), Wojciech Szczęsny (Juventus)

Defenders: Jan Bednarek (Southampton), Bartosz Bereszyński (Sampdoria), Kamil Glik (Benevento), Michał Helik (Barnsley), Tomasz Kędziora (Dynamo Kyiv), Kamil Piątkowski (Raków Częstochowa), Tymoteusz Puchacz (Lech Poznań), Maciej Rybus (Lokomotiv Moskva)

Midfielders: Paweł Dawidowicz (Verona), Przemysław Frankowski (Chicago Fire), Kamil Jóźwiak (Derby), Mateusz Klich (Leeds), Kacper Kozłowski (Pogoń Szczecin), Grzegorz Krychowiak (Lokomotiv Moskva), Karol Linetty (Torino), Jakub Moder (Brighton), Przemysław Płacheta (Norwich), Piotr Zieliński (Napoli)

Forwards: Dawid Kownacki (Fortuna Düsseldorf), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern), Arkadiusz Milik (Marseille), Karol Świderski (PAOK), Jakub Świerczok (Piast Gliwice)

Possible XI

Key Player To Watch

Robert Lewandowski

As unfair as it’d be to term Poland as a ‘one-man team’, Robert Lewandowski is the reason many will be watching their games. The Bayern Munich striker is on fire & is at the peak of his career. Lewandowski is coming into this after an amazing season with Bayern Munich – for whom he scored 48 (!!) goals in 40 games – including 41 in 29 Bundesliga games.

The 32-year-old striker is a nightmare to deal with, but he knows that chances won’t come as freely in the Euros for him as it does for Bayern’s games. Poland’s all-time top scorer has to adapt to his situation in creating chances for himself by linking up well with teammates and getting into deadly areas to bang in match-winners for his side to take them far into the tournament.

Euro 2020 Slovakia Preview

Playing in only their second-ever European Championships, Slovakia will be determined to rebuff the ‘whipping boys’ tag put on them for being part of this group. In 2016, they surprised many by progressing into the Round of 16 after some gritty performances. This time, the determined Slovakia squad aims to replicate something similar & produce some real shocking results to move into the knockout rounds.

ODDS TO WIN GROUP / FINISH TOP 2

Slovakia odds to win group +1700 | Odds to finish top 2 +475

EURO 2020 ROSTER

Goalkeepers: Martin Dúbravka (Newcastle), Dušan Kuciak (Lechia Gdańsk), Marek Rodák (Fulham)

Defenders: Dávid Hancko (Sparta Praha), Tomáš Hubočan (Omonoia), Martin Koscelník (Liberec), Peter Pekarík (Hertha Berlin), Ľubomír Šatka (Lech Poznań), Milan Škriniar (Inter Milan), Martin Valjent (Mallorca), Denis Vavro (Huesca)

Midfielders: László Bénes (Augsburg), Ondrej Duda (Köln), Ján Greguš (Minnesota), Marek Hamšík (IFK Göteborg), Lukáš Haraslín (Sassuolo), Jakub Hromada (Slavia Praha), Patrik Hrošovský (Genk), Juraj Kucka (Parma), Stanislav Lobotka (Napoli), Tomáš Suslov (Groningen), Vladimír Weiss (Slovan Bratislava)

Forwards: Róbert Boženík (Feyenoord), Michal Ďuriš (Omonoia), Róbert Mak (Ferencváros), Ivan Schranz (Jablonec)

Possible XI

Key Player To Watch

Milan Skriniar

The reality of the situation for Slovakia is that they will have to defend their socks off to get any results in the group stages. The man who really needs to step up to the occasion is their star defender Milan Skriniar. Fresh of winning the Serie A title with Inter Milan, he’s going into the Euros high on confidence. However, Skriniar has to prove why he’s regarded as one of the best defenders in Italy.

A bullish warrior at the back, he doesn’t shy away from putting his body on the line when it comes to making clutch challenges. He can be aggressive with his tackles and is very sharp when it comes to winning key duels inside the area. Skriniar has to maintain a rock-solid defensive line for Slovakia to frustrate opponents & limit their scoring chances. If he’s able to keep the scoreline equal with his solid defensive work & leadership, Slovakia could have a chance of going a long way in the tournament.

Euro 2020 Spain Preview

Under the guidance of former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique, there’s a lot of expectations from this Spanish side because of the incredible amount of riches in the squad.

Enrique has stirred controversy by not picking A SINGLE Real Madrid player in his squad and if he wants to avoid criticism, Spain has to be near flawless. La Roja has the quality to go all the way – but it remains to be seen whether this squad is well synched enough into Enrique’s style to do so.

ODDS TO WIN GROUP / FINISH TOP 2

Spain odds to win group -286 | Odds to finish top 2 -1250

EURO 2020 ROSTER

Goalkeepers: David de Gea (Manchester United), Unai Simón (Athletic), Robert Sánchez (Brighton & Hove Albion)

Defenders: José Gayà (Valencia), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Pau Torres (Villarreal), Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City), Eric García (Manchester City), Diego Llorente (Leeds United), César Azpilicueta (Chelsea)

Midfielders: Thiago Alcántara (Liverpool), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Koke (Atlético), Marcos Llorente (Atlético), Dani Olmo (Leipzig), Rodri (Manchester City), Fabián Ruiz (Napoli), Pablo Sarabia (Paris), Ferran Torres (Manchester City), Adama Traoré (Wolves)

Forwards: Álvaro Morata (Juventus), Gerard Moreno (Villarreal), Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad), Pedri (Barcelona)

Possible XI

Key Player To Watch

Ferran Torres

Under Enrique, Spain’s philosophy is to operate ‘as a whole unit’ rather than shine the spotlight on any particular player. That being said, Ferran Torres could be their breakout star in the competition. The Man City winger had a decent debut campaign in the Premier League but has been making inroads with the national team.

In just 10 appearances for Spain, Torres has already scored 6 goals! Who can forget his hat trick against Germany last year? The 21-year-old excels in the ‘free role’ given to him at Spain & is a nightmare because of his clever movement & impressive final product. If Torres is able to get to his groove in the Euros, he can be the leading force in Spain’s attack & help take them a long way into the competition.

Euro 2020 Sweden preview

An ever-present side in the European Championship in the 21st century, Sweden aims to break their ‘curse’ of being ko’ed in the group stages for the last three editions. Despite missing star man Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Sweden still boasts an impressive set of players and in very good form heading into the Euros.

They have enough players capable of getting them some big results, but it remains to be seen whether they can play as a solid, whole unit to end their group stages curse.

ODDS TO WIN GROUP / FINISH TOP 2

Sweden odds to win group +650 | Odds to finish top 2 -104

EURO 2020 ROSTER

Goalkeepers: Karl-Johan Johnsson (København), Kristoffer Nordfeldt (Gençlerbirliği), Robin Olsen (Everton)

Defenders: Ludwig Augustinsson (Werder Bremen), Pierre Bengtsson (Vejle), Marcus Danielson (Dalian Yifang), Andreas Granqvist (Helsingborg), Filip Helander (Rangers), Pontus Jansson (Brentford), Emil Krafth (Newcastle United), Victor Lindelöf (Manchester United), Mikael Lustig (AIK)

Midfielders: Jens-Lys Cajuste (Midtjylland), Viktor Claesson (Krasnodar), Albin Ekdal (Sampdoria), Emil Forsberg (Leipzig), Dejan Kulusevski (Juventus), Sebastian Larsson (AIK), Kristoffer Olsson (Krasnodar), Robin Quaison (Mainz), Ken Sema (Watford), Mattias Svanberg (Bologna), Gustav Svensson (Guangzhou)

Forwards: Marcus Berg (Krasnodar), Alexander Isak (Real Sociedad), Jordan Larsson (Spartak Moskva)

Possible XI

Key Player To Watch

Dejan Kulusevski

Juventus star Dejan Kulusevski is arguably the most creative player in the Sweden side right now & will be important to their chances of causing upsets. The 21-year-old had an average debut campaign with the Serie A side – scoring 7 & registering 7 assists in 40+ appearances. However, Kulusevski possesses that special spark in his arsenal which not many others do.

Be it impressive dribbling ability, clever movement, or accurate final product – he can torment defenders with his unpredictable style. With no Zlatan, Sweden needs a new hero to emerge in their attack & if he gets the right kind of support – Kulusevski can be just that for them in the Euros.

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